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Alaska Supreme Court upholds local school contribution


JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld as constitutional a state requirement that local governments help pay for education, reversing a lower court decision.

The ruling came in a case filed against the state by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

In 2014, a state court judge ruled in the borough's favor in finding that a required local contribution for schools violates a constitutional provision that says that no state tax or license proceeds will be earmarked for any special purpose. An exception to that includes royalty proceeds put toward the Alaska Permanent Fund.

But th...

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